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How to keep warm and cosy this winter when you have cancer

As the days become shorter and the mercury drops, we rely on our homes to provide us with winter comfort and entertainment. It’s a time where we hunker down and enjoy tasty soups, light the fire, and get out the knitted throws.

If you’ve recently had surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you’ll probably be spending a lot more time at home recovering and resting. You can make simple changes so that the time you spend resting up is more enjoyable and cosier.

Here we’ve compiled some of our favourite winter-comfort tips for creating a cosy home this winter.

1. Hot drinks

Try a natural hot drink like peppermint or ginger tea. Peppermint tea can help aid digestion, diarrhoea, constipation and nausea – great if chemo is making you feel queasy.

2. Make a snuggle nest

Cuddle up in a cosy snuggle nest. Pull out every blanket and throw you’ve got and gather them all to your living room to make a nest. Select some of your favourite movies or box sets to binge-watch – or a book to dive into-  and then get lost in a world of snuggliness!

3. Give in to extra sleep

Cancer and its treatment can leave you feeling more tired than usual. What could be cosier than a ‘bed day’? Even if you don’t think you’ll actually fall asleep, snuggling up under the covers with a hot water bottle and a good can be a delicious way to spend the afternoon.

4. Wear comfy pyjamas

Everyone has a favourite nightie or pair of lounge pants that they just love to wear to feel super warm and cosy.

5. Have a soak 

Baths are not only great for unwinding and soaking away the stresses of the day, they can also play an important role in boosting your immune system, improving circulation and reducing pain. Soak until you feel nice and warm.